USA Today names Denver one of the top 10 beer cities in the WORLD!

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Lori Midson

Not only did USA Today just name Denver one the best beer capitals in the world -- the whole fucking WORLD, y'all! -- but the internationally distributed daily newspaper also gave a shout-out to Patty's Chile Beer, named, of course, for Westword founder and editor Patty Calhoun, who likes things spicy. That particular brew, a German-style lager, infused with a duo of chiles, is poured at the Wynkoop, among other local watering holes.

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The story, released today and written by Dara Continenza, pinpoints a total of ten cities around the world, including Munich, Germany; Montreal, Canada; Amsterdam, Netherlands; Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Dublin, Ireland; Boston, Massachusetts; Portland, Oregon; Brussels, Belgium; and Prague, Czech Republic, that, notes the paper, are "top-of-the-hops beer destinations, from big-time American factory towns to major European pub hubs."

Continenza, who calls Colorado the "Napa Valley of Beers," as have hundreds of others, also gives props to Coors Brewery. She suggests a factory tour, which is fine, I guess, but does anyone really drink that stuff anymore? And, if so, why? No, really, why?

In any case, here's what Continenza wrote about Colorado's beer climate.

What to See: Disappear (temporarily) into the Denver Beer Triangle. This area, from Denver to Ft. Collins to Boulder, is nicknamed the "Napa Valley of Beer" for its eclectic assortment of microbreweries and beer celebrations. Check out October's Great American Beer Festival, where a mix of all-American brewers compete in 84 categories, including best gluten-free and best coffee beers. Nearby Golden, Colorado, is home to Coors, the biggest brewery in the world. Go on a tour of the factory, which produces 1.5 million gallons of beer daily.

Where to Drink: Prefer to party-hop rather than to stay in one place? Pedal Hopper Denver, a group-oriented "party bike" that will pedal you and 15 friends from bar to bar, provides the opportunity to add some exercise into your pub crawl. For those who wish to remain stationary, Wynkoop Brewing Company, founded by Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper, will bring together both sides of the aisle with a crew of inspired beers (including Patty's Chile Beer, rich with Anaheim chiles and smoked Ancho peppers).



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Sillyrabbits
Sillyrabbits

Why the slam on Coors?  Yeah, it is now part of a giant, multinational conglomerate, but it still is a landmark here in CO.  Is the beer as good as the micros?  No.  But original Coors is still the best of the large mass market beers.  And the tour is still fun.

 

So go ahead and slam the AB up near FtC, but stop with the Coors hate.

Clifford Goose Adams
Clifford Goose Adams

I have to somewhat agree with Travis, there are awesome beers in the Northwest but Denver can certainly be included in any beer capitol conversation.

Rich Grant
Rich Grant

We're now promoting the "Denver Beer Triangle" -- Denver-Boulder-FortCollins (with a stop in Longmont and Golden along the way) as the epicenter of craft beer in America.

Jeremy Fairbanks
Jeremy Fairbanks

Hell yeah im proud of the beer here. Ill take a chocolate yeti please

Joel Bader
Joel Bader

Any city where beer-drinking is not encouraged!

Holly Elkins
Holly Elkins

Travis Volz you don't get out much do you? :) What they are doing with beer here is incredible, Germans, sours, reds, green and local ingredients, barrel aged. These aren't new concepts but don't tell me Denver doesn't do it well. And looking forward to some hoppy beers from Kokopelli Beer Company in a couple months!

Travis Volz
Travis Volz

Many beers here in Denver, but a lot of shitty ones. Denver cannot compete with Portland (even Seattle) quality.

Clifford Goose Adams
Clifford Goose Adams

Ring, ring, hey Denver Westword, Capt. Obvious is on the phone for you :-)

Mantonat
Mantonat topcommenter

Denver definitely deserves to be on the list, although it's too bad it's from USA Today and not a more reputable publication. Of the other cities on the list: Boston probably shouldn't be there - even Philly has a better beer scene, not to mention West Coast cities like Seattle, San Francisco, and San Diego (the hidden gem of the US beer scene ). Dublin is a great pub city, but not a great beer city - considering how few actual brewing companies there are. Milwaukee is probably just getting by on reputation these days.

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